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CCNP Official Exam Certification Library (5th Edition) Hardcover – 2007
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The CD has the PDF version of the book plus the test engine. It's a decent engine, I was hoping to find the pre-chapter assessments so I wouldn't have to flip to the appendix but I had to go to General - Book Questions then to Select Categories and remove all but the chapter I was interested in, then I had the questions I was looking for. It would have been easier to have a tab of pre-assessment questions with chapter buttons. The Study Saver was kind of fun, it turns your screen saver into an exam review. Not that I use a screen saver in this must-be-green age but handy anyway.
They may not have the humor and one on one style of Lammle books but they get you the information with examples and a friendly reading style.
One last thing to watch out for unrelated to the books themselves. I had them sent USPS media mail to save some cash, it took 11 days from TX to CO. It was a grueling wait.
Each book thoroughly covered the relevant materials, with one exception. I thought that the BCMSN text should have covered and placed more importance on STP. It's a large part of the examination, per the Cisco exam guidelines. The text gives a good review of STP but should certainly go into more depth.
The texts on ONT and BSCI were outstanding in coverage of all of the segments of the exam materials. Also, the texts were very useful in real-world environments. The material was easy to read and easy to understand even though it discussed highly technical material.
I have been quite disappointed by the CCNP books so far. The main impression that I got was that they would probably be a great reference, if you already knew the material. If you're trying to just learn the material though, good luck. First of all, long parts of them read like they're written in management/marketing-speek. Lots of elaborate sounding twenty-dollar words describing just how fantastic Cisco's vision of the network is. You know, I understand we need to talk about architecture, reliability, and allocation of resources...but when we're droning on for page after page about the "network align[ing] itself with the business priorities of an orgainzation..." you've lost me. I'm a tech guy. I'm sure this is all important, but boil it down to the key points here please instead of drowning me in marketing BS.
The other thing that I've noticed is that the technical explanations in these books seem to be lacking. Often to introduce a new topic they will present a list of terms (defined using other terms in that list or other things that have not been explained), a couple of diagrams, and some textual explanation relying on other topics that they have not explained. Now this may be perfectly adequate to get a CCNP certification, I don't know, I haven't taken the test. But if you want to get a real solid understanding of the topics being discussed, it fails totally. I don't feel this set is going to prepare me for the CCNP, so I'm back on Amazon looking for other guides.
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But because they have so much flabber, they would not be good for studying for the 'NP.Read more
Here's the real deal from someone who got his CCNP a month ago. These books are a must have to get your certification.Read more